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Ben Williams: "Jaco [Pastorius] is almost like the Charlie Parker of the bass." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Saturday October 20

Afternoon

NYJO + Tees Valley Youth Big Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 3:00pm. £12.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Evening

Big Chris Barber Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £15.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Dinosaur - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 10:00pm. £12.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Smokin’ Spitfires - Scarth Hall, 5 South Green, Staindrop DL2 3LD. 7:30pm.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Three Ringed Circus - Elaine Binney and the Jazz Rascals @ Hoochie Coochie

Elaine Binney (vln); Eliza Lawson (vcl); Steve Brown (keys); Keith Mills (bs); Jae Brooks (dms); Graham Robinson (ten). Plus: O.J (bs); Roger Gilroy (gtr); a trombonist, Street Dancers.
The Jazz Rascals are an ever evolving unit who always put on a show and Elaine is a fine fiddler who can swing with the best of them. Tonight was an example of the more outré side of her talents. We had just about everything - street dancers, guest horns, OJ the bass playing busker from Northumberland Street,  an acoustic guitarist, the under-used vocals of Eliza Lawson - even a little jazz. The packed room lapped it up and, after the street dancers interpretation of the band's version of Take 5, the floor was soon filled with gyrating couples - mainly women. 
It was all very entertaining and it's not often you see teenagers dancing to Ain't Misbehavin'!
However, I did feel there was something missing though. I know what it was - clowns - you must have clowns ...  ...jugglers and fire-eaters too.
An experience.
Lance.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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